John Hickey is the defending Section VII golf champion.
The Patriots golf team will be led by senior Section VII champion John Hickey, along with classmates Jacquie Hoey and Colin Pope; junior Nate Casey and Ridge Perkett; freshmen Ian Rennie, Riley Taylor, Dillon Drolette, Tyler Rivers and Dustin Drake; eighth graders Cole Baer, Harrison Blaise, Nate Devins, Lucas Finnegan, Alex Knapp, Chris Hickey and Noah Martineau; along with seventh graders Chris Yaeger, Austin Smith and Edwin Hetfield.
What the coach says:
“For the past three years Au Sable Valley golf had a record of 24 wins and only six losses. Half of the team responsible for that record graduated last year, and now the Patriots will have to rely on some young players to step up. The team does have two players left who had a hand in all those victories, led by senior John Hickey. Hickey is a three-time state qualifier, and the defending sectional champion. Senior Jacquie Hoey who has been in the top eight since seventh grade, and compiled a 7-3 match record last year will hold down a starting spot. Competing for the other four starting spots will be returning players Colin Pope (12), Nate Casey (11), Ian Rennie (9), Riley Tayler (9), Nate Devins (8), and Chris Hickey (8). Newcomer, Ridge Perkett (11) is also competing for a top spot.
“This year’s team has a wide range of talent and each individual will set personal goals to try to attain by the end of the season. It is hoped that all golfers will improve to make us a better team come sectionals. Unlike the last few years when the team competed with front runners PHS and Saranac Lake,(who should again be the top teams), this team’s goal will be to try to finish above .500 and improve for future success.” - head coach Chris Dubay.
Tuesday, April 24 at NCCS
Thursday, April 26 v. Saranac Lake
Monday, April 30 at Plattsburgh
Wednesday, May 2 at Saranac Central
Friday, May 4 v. Ticonderoga
Monday, May 7 v. Moriah
Friday, May 11 at Peru
Monday, May 14 v. Beekmantown
Wednesday, May 16 at Lake Placid
Friday, May 18 v. Seton Catholic
Lady Patriot softball
The Lady Patriots softball squad will include seniors Alexis Facteau, Ashley Bonilla, Cassie Walker, Christine Darrah, Emily Plumadore and Jessica Baker; juniors Marissa Prentiss, Samantha Vallieres and Sumra Sikandar; sophomores Logan Snow and Miranda Sheffer; and freshman Madison Rondeau.
What the coach says:
“With only two returning starters and the lack of varsity experience on our team, we expect to see mistakes early in the season but as the season progresses, we will work through those and be competitive. Alexis Facteau and Emily Plumadore are excellent fielders with strong bats. Logan Snow and Miranda Sheffer have been very impressive in their new roles. The outfield will be strong with Jessica Baker, Sumra Sikandar, Marissa Prentiss, Ashley Bonilla and Cassie Walker - they all have good arms and speed. Pitching will be our strength this year, as Christine Darrah is a strong pitcher who has a wide variety of pitches and freshman Madison Rondeau is a very fast pitcher with a variety of pitches. Samantha Vallieres is a solid batter and will be behind the plate. These girls have a lot of potential, they just need time to mold as a team. We have great senior leadership that will help us accomplish that and our goal is to get stronger as the season progresses and compete for a title.” - Head coaches Marty Snow and Doug Rondeau.
Tuesday, April 17 at NAC
Thursday, April 19 v. Moriah
Saturday, April 21 at Lake Placid
Tuesday, April 24 v. Peru
Thursday, April 26 at Saranac Central
Monday, April 30 at Plattsburgh
Wednesday, May 2 at Ticonderoga
Friday, May 4 v. Beekmantown
Monday, May 7 v. NAC
Wednesday May 9 at Saranac Lake
Friday, May 11 at Moriah
Monday, May 14 v. NCCS
Wednesday, May 16 v. Lake Placid
Monday, May 21 v. Ticonderoga
The Patriots will open the 2012 season with a roster that includes Kyle Sprague, Austin House, Dave Warner, Kyle Miller, Dustin Smith and Sawyer Taro, Kodie Simpson, Dustin Miller and John LaDieu, Shane Douglas, Dillon Savage and Chris LaFountain.
What the coach says:
“We hit the ball well and we have a lot of contact hitters who do not strike out much. We have some speed on the base paths and we also have some power hitters in Austin House, Dillon Savage and Kodie Simpson. We are very strong defensively returning four starters in the infield. We should be competitive on any given day. It comes down to pitching and our outfield players.” - Head coach Randy Douglas.
Monday, April 16 v. NAC
Wednesday, April 18 at Moriah
Friday, April 20 v. Lake Placid
Monday, April 23 at Peru
Wednesday, April 25 v. Saranac Central
Tuesday, May 1 v. Plattsburgh
Thursday, May 3 v. Ticonderoga
Saturday, May 5 at Beekmantown
Tuesday, May 8 at NAC
Thursday, May 10 v. Saranac Lake
Friday, May 11 v. Moriah
Tuesday, May 15 at NCCS
Thursday, May 17 at Lake Placid
Tuesday, May 22 at Ticonderoga
Patriot Track and Field
The Patriots will take to the track with a boys squad that includes Mark Chauvin, Alexander Connor, Justin Cook, Zach Crowningshield, Prescott Doyle, Joshua Ducharme, Elijah Fitzgerald, Ben Ford, Paul Ford, Cody Furnia, Brandon Giddings, Dennis Goodnough, Hunter Guennel, Matthew Lamere, Noah Lawrence, Hank McCormick, Jacob Montefusco, Richard Nichols, Kyle Prinsen, James Rock, Brandon Ruocco, Micheal Thompson and Daniel Zborowski.
The girls team will include Raychel Agoney, Caitlin Blaise, Leann Cook, Teesha Coolidge, Sierra Cotrona, Michaela Courson, Ashlee Estes, Amanda Hamilton, Emma Helfgott, Rachel Knapp, Rebecca Newell, Cassandra Snow, Cassidy Tallman and Haley Taylor.
What the coaches say:
“We should be strong in many areas this season. There are several veterans to lead some newcomers. The returning standouts include Rachel Knapp in the sprints and middle distance. She holds the school record in the 800 meters. Raychel Agoney, a former State qualifier, will be strong in the shot put and discus. Leann Cook, a State qualifier this past Indoor season in the high jump, will provide consistent points. Others to watch for include Rebecca Newell (throws), Amanda Hamilton (sprints, middle distance, hurdles, jumps), Ashlee Estes (sprints, middle distance, high jump), Haley Taylor (sprints) and Megan Colby (sprints, jumps). The relays should be strong with the additions of some newcomers. The team should be competitive with the hope of some State qualifiers.” - girls head coach Sean Ganter.
“The AuSable Valley Track team has many new faces this year. The team is lead by returning Seniors James Rock in jumping and sprint events, Kyle Prinsen in the throws and on the track and returning Juniors Garth Benway in the weight events and Paul Ford in both the jumps and on the track. They will lead fresh faces like Ben Ford and Brandon Ruocco on the distance team and Elijah Fitzgerald on the throws. While returning Juniors Micheal Thompson and Alexander Connor, Mark Chauvin and Jacob Montefusco will try to make their marks in the field as well as the track. With the inclusion of so many young energetic newcomers this year is sure to be an exciting one.” - boys head coach Heith Ford.
Track and Field
Tuesday, May 1 at EKMW
Thursday, May 3 at Plattsburgh
Tuesday, May 8 v. Lake Placid
Thursday, May 10 v. Saranac Central
Tuesday, May 15 v. Seton Catholic
Thursday, May 17 v. Plattsburgh
Tuesday, May 22 v. Ticonderoga
Wednesday, April 25 at NAC
Friday, April 27 v. Peru
Monday, April 30 at Beekmantown
Wednesday, May 2 at NCCS
Monday, May 7 v. Lake Placid
Monday, May 14 at Plattsburgh
Wednesday, May 16 at Saranac Central
Monday, May 21 v. Seton Catholic